Top Movies of 2011

Posted: January 15, 2012 in Entertainment, Reviews

I’ve been late in posting my top movie list because there are still a number of films, most released at the end of December, that I haven’t gotten around to seeing.  In particular, I missed Drive in the theatre and waiting for it to be released on DVD in the next couple of weeks.  It seemed to make almost everybody’s list, even taking the top spot on a couple.  I also haven’t gotten around to seeing Mission Impossible, which made quite a few lists, and War Horse, which didn’t.  Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy also was well received on quite a few lists.

However, as you likely know I am a movie buff and managed to see quite a few this year, including a good selection at TIFF.  So here is my list, with a one-liner after each.

1.  The Help – This was a well rounded film which included everything from excellent acting to a good story to relevant social comment.

2.  Starbuck – This light and humorous French Canadian film was applauded by most people who saw it as a refreshing, original film.

3.  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Although this film did not get the best reviews, I was very impressed with the unique perspective that it took and the fantastic acting that carried it.

4.  Take Shelter – An original take on an apocalyptic vision that examined sanity and delusion while keeping the audience guessing.

5.  Tree of Life – Epic cinema that is more of a meditation than an actual film, almost entering an abstraction of film making.

6.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2 – What can you say about a film dynasty which lasted a decade with the same actors and fans?

7.  Attack the Block – I was really happy to see this easily overlooked British scifi film on may people’s lists as it was very deserving.

8.  Hugo – Scorsese’s film was a well made treatment of a fantastic story, and showed that #D does have some appropriate uses.

9. Melencholia – Along with Take Shelter, this depressing story of a rogue planet colliding with the Earth will be featured at any Apocalypse Party that I may host at the end of this year.

10.  Rise of the Planet of the Apes – A great action and SciFi film which treated a very old concept with new respect and vigor.

11.  X Men First Class – ditto

12.  The Guard – Recently reviewed elsewhere on this blog, this is a hilariously irreverent movie about a small town Scottish cop joining forces with an FBI agent to bust a drug ring.

13.  Contagion – Eye opening and a bit scary in a very down to Earth way.

14.  Super 8 – E.T. meets Predator

15.  Machine Gun Preacher – An interesting, biographical film about ex-biker Sam Childers, who brings his biker gang tactics to protect an orphanage in Africa.  Kind of Rambo meets Mother Theresa.  Poor reviews, but a great movie on the issue of revenge.

Two movies that actually came out in 2010 but didn’t come into their own until last year were Submarine, which was on my list last year, and In a Better World which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, -both great films worth seeing.  Both recently have been released on DVD.

There it is, for what it’s worth.  Hope you get some good viewing tips from my list just as I’ve gotten great ideas from the lists of others.


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